Italian Celiac Association’s eating-out network names her partner
MSC Cruises is proud to announce that MSC Divina is officially ‘gluten-free friendly’ and has been qualified to serve gluten-free products by the Italian Coeliac Association (AIC).
Following in the wake of MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida, MSC Magnifica, MSC Orchestra, MSC Poesia and MSC Musica, MSC’s beautiful new flagship becomes the latest ship in the fleet to be named a legitimate partner in the AIC’s ‘Alimentazione Fuori Casa’, their eating-out network.
People with celiac disease have an immune reaction when they eat any food containing gluten, a common protein found in wheat, barley and rye and any products using these ingredients such as bread, pasta, cakes, biscuits and sauces.
As a company committed to meeting the dietary requirements of all guests, MSC Cruises is constantly looking to improve its culinary offerings for those who suffer from particular illnesses, including celiac disease.
MSC Cruises has therefore been collaborating with the AIC, a member of the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS), since 2008. Since 2010, MSC has also adhered to the special ‘cruises project’ which guarantees compliance with the AIC's safety rules and directives for gluten-free foods on board its ships.
MSC follows strict regulations for preparing its gluten-free menus on board. Gluten-free products are stored in special areas and at least one kitchen on each ship, managed by specially trained staff, is reserved for the preparation of gluten-free dishes.
On board MSC Divina, guests with celiac disease can follow a delicious gluten-free diet in each of the ship’s restaurants. Seventeen special menus are available, from breakfast through to lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. A gluten-free lunch box for shore excursions is also available, meaning that even when exploring a port of call, guests need not worry about finding a gluten-free lunch.
Gluten free menus are available in English, Italian, French, German and Spanish in the restaurant on deck five and six as well as in the Yacht Club restaurant. Guests can savour dishes such as spaghetti Bolognese; risotto with baby shrimps, cherry tomatoes and rocket; and seared fillet of cod with anchovy and caper sauce served on broccoli sautéed with garlic and accompanied by rice pilaf. Various divine desserts of the day are also available.
During the day, or for a relaxing after dinner drink, guests can head to the Divina Bar on deck five to enjoy its special "gluten free" list of beverages, which includes a number of tempting cocktails as well as a gluten free beer and bitter.
About MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises is the world’s leading cruise company in the Mediterranean, South African and Brazilian markets and operates across the globe. Its modern fleet comprises twelve ships: MSC Magnifica, MSC Splendida, MSC Fantasia, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera, MSC Lirica, MSC Melody and MSC Divina, the latter launched in May 2012. The fleet cruises year-round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean & the Antilles, South America, the Indian Ocean, South and West Africa, Red Sea.
MSC Cruises is the only company in the world to receive the "6 Golden Pearls" award from the Bureau Veritas in recognition of its high level of quality management and environmental responsibility. MSC has also achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 certification for the quality and food safety of all aspects of its catering, both onshore and onboard. MSC Cruises cares about the welfare of children, and as a responsible market leader believes in making a positive impact in the regions where it operates. To this end, the company recently forged a partnership with UNICEF to fund a community project aimed at providing disadvantaged children in Brazil with a quality education. In the first two years, the partnership has raised over a million euros